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Old 6th September 2015
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I've never had a 47 collapse on me. Idk. I've always heard good things about Lawson. You have to be careful with your gain staging especially with and 87AI. They tend to have less leeway than the older battery compartment u87s

The tubetech mp1a is probably my favorite pre, you have some good stuff already. Honestly I'd play around with mic placement and gain staging before I'd run out and buy a new mic. Flea makes great Mics. I'm a big fan and own several. But the u87 is a studio standard and a classic. Either the 47 next or the 87 should provide a very rewarding experience but since you already have a Lawson 47 I'd probably lean towards an 87 for its versatility.